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  • No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

    02/21/2017 4:55:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 18 February 2017 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    The media targeted former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for consulting for deposed Ukrainian president’s (Yanukovich’s) Party of the Regions. He also worked for billionaire oligarch, Firtash, who stands accused of skimming billions in the Ukraine gas trade in league with Russian oligarchs. The media also singled out Trump’s former national security advisor, General Michael Flynn, for attending a dinner with Putin and appearing on Russia’s foreign propaganda network RT. Trump’s own Russian ties were the subject of intense media coverage of an unverified opposition-research report purportedly prepared by an ex-British spy, who remains in hiding. It seems no enterprising...
  • NBC Reporter: I Don't Know What You Mean When Obama Promised More Flexibility To Putin

    02/21/2017 11:04:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies ^ | February 21, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    NBC reporter Katy Tur didn’t know what a Republican congressman was referring to when he said that Obama told Putin that he would have more flexibility after the conclusion of the 2012 election. Tur was asking Rep. Francis Rooney about the number of advisers within the Trump White House that she contends have a friendlier attitude towards Russia. Alex Griswold of Mediaite clipped the exchange : NBC's Katy Tur Doesn't Remember Obama Promising Putin 'Flexibility' Tur pressed Florida Representative Francis Rooney about the number of Donald Trump advisors with close tie to Russia. “I see a lot of folks within...
  • Syria Democratic Forces enter Deir al-Zor province for first time: Kurdish military source

    02/21/2017 10:34:20 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 Feb 17 | Unknown
    The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time, as part of a U.S.-backed offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday. The advance is part of an operation to encircle and ultimately capture the ultra-hardline group's de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa in the north of the country.
  • Russia to rely increasingly on non-nuclear deterrent

    02/21/2017 6:49:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 9:26 AM EST | Vladimir Isachenkov
    Russia will continue to see the development of its nuclear forces as a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any aggression, the Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday. Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that weapons such as the long-range Kalibr cruise missiles carried by navy ships, long-range cruise missiles carried by Russian strategic bombers and the land-based short-range Iskander missiles will play an increasingly important role as a non-nuclear deterrent. Those missiles can carry nuclear or conventional warheads. Shoigu pointed to the new missiles’ debut in the Syrian conflict, saying they have proven themselves well....
  • Poland tells EU: We value democracy, respect our sovereignty

    02/20/2017 5:23:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2017 1:32 PM EST
    Poland’s Foreign Ministry said Monday it has written to the European Union in response to the bloc’s recommendations on rule of law in the country, the latest step in a standoff between Warsaw’s populist government and EU officials concerned about weakening democratic standards. Most of the EU’s concerns center on steps by the ruling Law and Justice party that have weakened the Constitutional Tribunal’s ability to act as a check on executive power. EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans said last year that he worried about a “systemic risk” to the rule of law in Poland. In December he sent non-binding recommendations...
  • Russia's ambassador to United Nations dies in NYC at 64

    02/20/2017 12:10:15 PM PST · by Candor7 · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2:42 PM EST | EDITH M. LEDERER and JENNIFER PELTZ
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent and personable voice for his country's interests as he sparred with his Western counterparts, died suddenly after falling ill Monday in his office at the mission. Vitaly Churkin, 64, was taken to a hospital in New York, where he died, Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press. His cause of death wasn't immediately known..............................
  • It’s Preposterous to Believe the Russians Determined the Outcome of the Election

    02/20/2017 11:41:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush ^ | February 20, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday with Chris Wallace. It was a 12- to 13-minute segment, and I have always suggested to the Fox people, “You know what you really ought to do is have my segment and have it go as it goes and then near the end of the program in your roundtable bring me back for the roundtable to analyze what I said. That has never been done.” And of course they’ve never taken me up on it.You know what I thought I’d do, I thought I’d do it today right here on this program....
  • Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin dies at work

    02/20/2017 11:14:17 AM PST · by Enchante · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/20/2017 | BBC Staff
    Russia's ambassador to the United Nations has died. Vitaly Churkin, who would have celebrated his 65th birthday on Tuesday, died suddenly while at work in New York on Monday, Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement. The cause of the veteran diplomat's death is unclear.
  • Russia's ambassador to United Nations dies in NYC at 64

    02/20/2017 9:46:16 AM PST · by John W · 28 replies
    AP ^ | February 20, 2017 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he died Monday. His cause of death wasn't immediately known. Churkin has been Russia's envoy at the United Nations for a little over a decade and was considered Moscow's great champion at the U.N.
  • He's the founder of a Californian independence movement - just don't ask him why he lives in Russia

    02/19/2017 8:40:37 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 18 replies ^ | 2-19-17 | Adam Taylor, The Washington Post
    Louis J. Marinelli is a man on a quixotic mission: to help California secede from the United States and become an independent country. Surprisingly, this quest has been going relatively well of late. Marinelli's group, Yes California, is attempting to collect 585,000 signatures necessary to place a secessionist question on the 2018 ballot. Buoyed by California's already tense relationship with President Donald Trump, the campaign has received a large amount of press coverage and support over the past few months. But for the 30-year-old Yes California president, there remains one annoying problem: People keep asking him why he lives in...
  • ABC, CBS Suggest Trump Backers are Violent and ‘Supportive of Dictatorship in This Country’

    02/19/2017 1:48:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 79 replies ^ | February 19, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    The liberal media took Senator John McCain’s warning of a dictator Donald Trump during Sunday’s Meet the Press on NBC and ran with it as the biggest story of the day, seeming to use it as a vindication of their smears since day one. “Is that over the top? Or is there a concern,” ABC’s Jon Karl inquired to Senator Rand Paul on This Week. While on CBS’s Face the Nation, moderator John Dickerson worried that Trump supporters would take it upon themselves and violently “act” against the “enemy” press. Karl’s statement was actually more pointed and seemed to suggest...
  • Rush: ‘Deep State Embeds’ by Obama/Hillary ‘Absolutely’ Behind Russia-Trump Leaks

    02/19/2017 7:50:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today’s Fox News Sunday, Rush Limbaugh said that “embeds” by former President Obama and Hillary Clinton in the “deep state”—the permanent bureaucracy—are “absolutely” behind the leaks about ties between the Russians and the Trump campaign. Rush added that “the left, which is run by Obama and Hillary and the hierarchy of the Democrat party, is doing everything they can to undermine, sabotage, and to prevent Trump from implementing his agenda. There’s no question about it.” View the video here.
  • Putin orders Russia to recognize documents issued in rebel-held east Ukraine

    02/18/2017 1:19:58 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 17 replies
    Rooters (Propaganda Professionals) ^ | February 18, 2017 | Staff Fibber
    President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Saturday to temporarily recognize civil registration documents issued in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine, a decision strongly criticized by Ukraine's president. The decision will enable people from the conflict-hit region to travel, work or study in Russia. According to Putin's order, published on the Kremlin website, Russia will temporarily recognize identity documents, diplomas, birth and marriage certificates and vehicle registration plates issued in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
  • German Intelligence Clears Russia Of Election Interference [Merkel commissions another study]

    02/17/2017 9:24:20 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2/17/17 | Tyler Durden
    After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany. Undaunted, Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation.Last year, Berlin’s two main intelligence agencies, the BND and BfV (counterparts of the CIA and FBI) launched a joint investigation to substantiate allegations that Russia was meddling in German political affairs and attempting to shape the outcome of Germany’s elections next September.Like the vast majority of Americans malnourished on “mainstream media,” most Germans have been led to believe that, by hacking and “propaganda,” the...
  • Pentagon found no documents approving Flynn's pay for Russia TV appearances

    02/17/2017 9:16:31 AM PST · by granada · 21 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 17, 2017 | The Wall Street Journal
    The Pentagon hasn’t found any documents indicating that Mike Flynn received authorization to accept money from a foreign government before traveling to Moscow in 2015 for a paid Russian state TV event, according to a letter from the acting Secretary of the Army. The Pentagon finding came after lawmakers raised questions about whether the former White House national security adviser and retired U.S. Army general violated Pentagon rules that require retired officers to report income from foreign states.
  • Top Gunski! Moscow releases video of its latest fighter jet boasting it can destroy the best..

    02/16/2017 8:57:42 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 21 replies ^ | 02/16/2017 | By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
    The Russian Ministry of Defence has released a video of its latest fighter jet in an effort to drive foreign export sales. The Kremlin wants foreign governments to buy its latest Sukhoi-35s jet instead of a western aircraft. As part of the sales drive, the Russian Air Force released footage of a test pilot taking its Sukhoi Su-35s for a spin.
  • Renewed Red Army Choir Gives First Concert In Moscow

    02/16/2017 6:16:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    TASS ^ | 02/17/2016 | TASS
    Red Army Alexandrov Choir, an internationally acclaimed performing ensemble, on Thursday gave the first concert in Moscow since December 25, 2016, when 64 of its singers, dancers and musicians died in an air accident near Sochi. The concert took place at the Central Theater of the Russian Army. Read also World leaders react to Tu-154 plane crash off Sochi coast "The renewed Alexandrov Choir (a second name of the ensemble that refers to its founder, Alexander Alexandrov - TASS) gives the first performance after renewal here on this stage today," Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov told the audiences at the...
  • Russians remain patient for thaw with U.S. under Trump

    02/16/2017 4:43:27 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    The San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | February 16, 2017 | Vladimir Isachenkov Associated Presstit...
    As questions over the Trump administration’s contacts with Russia roil U.S. politics, the Kremlin is taking a decidedly measured approach, carefully weighing what it says to avoid jeopardizing a chance for better relations between Moscow and Washington. This same patience is evident in Russian state media, helping to temper public expectations of the man who entered the White House with a friendly posture toward President Vladimir Putin. Opinion polls have shown that the initial public euphoria in Russia after President Donald Trump’s victory has given way to a more sober mood. Last week, Putin used a visit by the president...
  • Trump: Russian provocations 'not good' but 'I'm not going to tell you anything about what I'll do'

    02/16/2017 1:13:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/16/2017 | Alex Lockie
    President Donald Trump refused to say what his response would be to a recent wave of Russian military provocations in a testy exchange with CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett. Garrett asked Trump at a press conference on Wednesday about three recent incidents involving the Russian military: a Russian spy ship loitering outside of a US submarine base, Russia developing and deploying treaty-violating cruise missiles, and a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft buzzing a US destroyer in the Black Sea. As Garrett detailed each of the three incidents, Trump interjected "Not good!" Trump then interrupted Garrett to say that...
  • 'Wake Up!': Kucinich Says Intel Community Making 'Unprecedented' Effort to Upend Trump

    02/16/2017 6:45:10 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | staff
    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was a guest Tuesday on "Mornings with Maria" discussing how the intelligence community is seeming to upend President Donald Trump in the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser. * snip * "The American people have to know that there's a game going on inside the intelligence community where there are those who want to separate the U.S. from Russia in a way that would reignite the Cold War," Kucinich said.
  • Hang on a minute. Isn't Trump right? We SHOULD try to be pals with Putin?

    02/15/2017 6:32:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Stephen Glover
    Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump's enemies are already scenting blood. They hope they have got him on the run over the resignation of Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. Flynn was forced to stand down for secretly discussing sanctions against Russia with the country's ambassador to America in the weeks before Trump took office – and then trying to cover up his foolish and possibly illegal behaviour. It is being suggested that Flynn's goose was cooked by the FBI and CIA, who had tapped these phone-calls, and gleefully leaked transcripts of them. Was this pay-back...
  • Dan Rather: "Trump's Russia Scandal Could Be Bigger Than Watergate"

    02/15/2017 3:00:17 PM PST · by Zakeet · 106 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | February 15, 2017
    Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather slammed the Trump administration on Tuesday evening for its association with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, claiming "this Russia scandal" might end up being as "big as Watergate." As Rather wrote in a Facebook post ... Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now. On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9. This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my...
  • New York Times: FBI probing Russian intel contacts with several Trump campaign officials

    02/15/2017 9:04:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/15/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Win by the leak … live with the leak? Democrats still blame the FBI for its very public investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail system for her loss to Donald Trump in the presidential campaign, claiming that the constant leaks damaged her standing while leading to no prosecutable charges. The shoe may well and truly be on the other foot now, according to the New York Times report from last night about an FBI investigation into alleged contacts between Russian intelligence and Trump’s campaign: Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and...
  • Trump: Crimea was 'taken' by Russia [see tweet]

    02/15/2017 8:30:44 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 Feb 17 | Angela Dewan and Euan McKirdy
    US President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the previous Obama administration, suggesting it was "too soft" on Russia over its annexation of Crimea. Under increasing pressure over his administration's relationship with Russia, President Trump commented on Twitter Wednesday that the Crimea peninsula was "taken" by Russia from Ukraine under the Obama administration.
  • Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending or US will ‘moderate’ commitment

    02/15/2017 7:47:53 AM PST · by navysealdad · 10 replies
    Pentagon chief Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending by year’s end or US will ‘moderate its commitment’
  • Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House

    02/14/2017 7:25:24 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | None attributed
    U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday.
  • Is the Kremlin Afraid of Trump?

    02/14/2017 6:59:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush ^ | February 14, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, I mentioned at the beginning of the program a piece that I read at a publication called Foreign Policy. It’s a magazine. It’s owned by the Washington Post, and it’s an effort to compete with another magazine called Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs is a very august publication of the Council on Foreign Relations — which, of course, has a symbiotic relationship with the Trilateral Commission. Now, this is the Washington Post attempt to get in on the business of elite establishment types reading about foreign policy. Now, these people have nothing to do with foreign policy. Foreign policy...
  • US Official: Russia Deployed Missile in Violation of Treaty [Yet more leaks]

    02/14/2017 6:55:40 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a Trump administration official said Tuesday, a development that complicates the outlook for U.S.-Russia relations amid turmoil on the White House national security team. The Obama administration three years ago accused the Russians of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by developing and testing the prohibited cruise missile, and officials had anticipated that Moscow eventually would deploy it. Russia denies that it has violated the INF treaty. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that the missile became operational late last year, said an administration official,...
  • Sean Spicer: Donald Trump Asked Gen. Flynn to Resign After ‘Erosion of Trust’

    02/14/2017 5:27:33 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 02/14/17 | HARLIE SPIERING
    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at the White House that President Donald Trump asked his national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn to resign in response to an “erosion” of trust between the two. “The issue pure and simple came down to a matter of trust and the president concluded that he no longer had the trust of his national security adviser,” Spicer said during the White House press conference on Tuesday. He also revealed that there was “a series of other questionable instances” that also contributed to the erosion of the president’s trust. Spicer said that Trump...
  • Senate Republicans Demand Investigation of Trump and Russia

    02/14/2017 4:30:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush ^ | February 14, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Are you ready for this? Now, it’s CNN, so consider that. Headline: “Republican Senators [Republican senators!] Call for Russia Investigation, Flynn Testimony.” Are you ready for the lede? “The Senate’s second-ranking Republican and other GOP senators are calling for an investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and Russia, and want former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to testify. Sen. John Cornyn, who has called for an investigation into Trump’s tie to Russia before Flynn resigned, told reporters Tuesday that the Senate standing committees with oversight of intelligence need to investigate Flynn. Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the...
  • Russia 'deploys cruise missile in violation of landmark arms control treaty with US'

    02/14/2017 1:00:54 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 14, 2017 | By David Lawler
    Russia has covertly deployed a new, fully operational cruise missile in an apparent violation of an arms control treaty, US officials have claimed. Barack Obama wrote to President Vladimir Putin after Russia tested the missile in 2014, contending that the test violated the landmark 1897 accord that banned the US and Soviet Union from using intermediate and shorter-range missiles and helped bring the Cold War to a close. The Russians appear to have disregarded the warning, and the missile has now been deployed according to the New York Times. Administration officials told the newspaper that Russia has one battalion of...
  • Russia sends spy ship near US coast, deploys banned missiles at home, officials say

    02/14/2017 2:47:43 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 47 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 14 Feb 17 | Lucas Tomlinson
    A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such instance during the Trump administration -- and the same day it was learned the Kremlin had secretly deployed controversial cruise missiles inside Russia and flew within 200 yards of a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials told Fox News. The Russian ship was in international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Delaware and heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles.
  • Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House

    02/14/2017 11:01:04 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 90 replies
    World News ^ | 14 Fevb 17 | Erik Walsh
    "President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea," Spicer said at a daily news briefing. "At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia."
  • Democrats Demand: What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It? [Over reach]

    02/14/2017 9:04:52 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 74 replies
    Democrats demand that Flynn’s resignation spur broader Russia investigation Democrats hold no levers of power in Washington, but they have pulled out their megaphones to demand that Mr. Flynn’s resignation open the first chapter — not the last — of investigations into contacts between Trump aides and Moscow — during and after Mr. Trump’s campaign for president. “Nothing about this resignation, or resignations that could occur in the future, precludes the Senate Intelligence Committee from continuing to investigate Gen. Flynn, or any other campaign official who may have had inappropriate and improper contacts with Russian officials prior to the election,”...
  • GOP senator calls for exhaustive investigation into Trump-Russia connections

    02/14/2017 8:31:53 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/14/2017 | REBECCA SAVRANSKY
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Tuesday said there should be an exhaustive investigation into the ties between Russia and the Trump administration. "I think everybody needs that investigation to happen," Blunt told KTRS radio, CNN reported. "And the Senate Intelligence Committee, again that I serve on, has been given the principle responsibility to look into this, and I think we should look into it exhaustively so that at the end of this process, nobody wonders whether there was a stone left unturned, and shouldn't reach conclusions before you have the information that you need to have to make those conclusions."...
  • David Gregory: Trump Foreign Policy a 'Disaster'

    02/14/2017 5:34:50 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 77 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Discussing the overnight resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, CNN's David Gregory managed this morning to work in a broad swipe at the president. Gregory claimed that "the fledgling foreign policy in the Trump administration [has] been a disaster." Really? Gregory ignored: the widely-praised, weekend-long meetings that Trump just concluded with Japanese PM Abe; Trump's positive conversation with Chinese Premier Xi and the confirmation of the One China policy; the re-establishment of the special relationship with the UK and its PM May, and of course the healing of ties with Israel after years of Obama animosity culminating in his...
  • Michael Flynn RESIGNS as National Security Advisor after it's revealed the Justice Department WARNED

    02/14/2017 1:00:28 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 99 replies ^ | February 14, 2017 | Francesca Chambers
    National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has resigned over controversy surrounding his ties with Russia. The military veteran stepped down late on Monday night less than a month into President Donald Trump's administration amid mounting questions over his future and his close links with the Kremlin. His stunning announcement, first reported by CNN, came just hours after sources close to the government revealed that the Justice Department had warned the new administration that his links with the Kremlin had put him in a compromising position and left him open to blackmail.
  • Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts

    02/13/2017 8:11:01 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 290 replies
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2017 | Sara Murray, Gloria Borger and Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, two sources tell CNN. His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
  • LATEST: Flynn Apologized to Pence Over Phone Call With Russian Ambassador

    02/13/2017 10:48:20 AM PST · by navysealdad · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 13, 2017
    National security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn apologized to Vice President Mike Pence for telling him that sanctions were not discussed in a pre-inauguration phone call with the Russian ambassador. Flynn has no plans to resign or give up his security clearance, Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported, citing a senior West Wing source.
  • Trump, Bannon Said To Weigh Firing Mike Flynn Over Russian Phone Calls Scandal

    02/13/2017 7:16:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/13/17 | Tyler Durden
    Top White House aide and policy adviser, Stephen Miller, sidestepped repeated chances during Sunday news shows to publicly defend embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn following reports that he engaged in conversations with Russian diplomat(s) about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration. The uncertainty came as Trump was dealing with North Korea’s apparent first missile launch of the year and his presidency, along with visits this week from the leaders of Israel and Canada. Pressed repeatedly, Stephen Miller said it wasn’t up to him to say whether the president retains confidence in Flynn. “It’s not for me to tell you what’s...
  • Get Ready, Russia: Britain Is Sending Warships to the Black Sea

    02/12/2017 8:52:46 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 40 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2017 | Michael Peck
    Is Britain girding for a fight in Russia’s backyard? For the first time since the Cold War, Britain is sending a warship to the Black Sea on a military mission. This time, the goal is to send a message to Russia: don’t invade Ukraine. The question is whether Russia will—or even should—bother to take the warning seriously. *snip* Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the Daily Mail that “the UK is sending a clear message that we are committed to defending democracy across the world and support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”
  • Maxine Waters: We need investigation to find evidence to impeach Trump

    02/12/2017 10:36:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 103 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Shades of Alice in Wonderland‘s Queen: “sentence first — verdict afterwards.” On Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning, Dem Rep. Maxine Waters doubled down on her earlier statement that “my greatest desire is to lead [President Trump] right into impeachment.” Asked by Reid on what grounds she would impeach the president, Waters offered no evidence but said “I believe” there’s a connection between Ukraine, Trump, and Russia, and “I think” Trump “colluded” with Putin during the election. Concluded Waters: “I think that it’s there, we just have to dig deeper, do the investigation and find it.” View the video here.
  • Pentagon to NATO: ‘We Want Everyone to Pay Their Fair Share’

    02/11/2017 5:37:27 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 2/11/17 | Kristina Wong
    A Pentagon spokesman said Friday ahead of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s visit later this month with NATO defense ministers that members of the alliance should “pay their fair share.”“We have had a long-standing policy in our government: we want everyone to pay their fair share when it comes to defense,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at an off-camera briefing.Mattis is scheduled to depart for the meeting next week in Brussels, Belgium — the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.The 28-nation NATO security alliance was formed in the wake of World War II to provide collective defense for...
  • Russian Choir Celebrates Diplomats' Day In Song (Diplomats' Day In Russia)

    02/10/2017 4:48:25 PM PST · by goldstategop
    BBC News ^ | 02/10/2017 | BBC News
    It was Diplomats' Day in Russia on Friday and the country's Diplomacy For Peace choir, made up of newly qualified diplomats, has been singing the praises of their diplomacy.
  • REPORT: Russia is Considering Handing Over Edward Snowden to ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump

    02/10/2017 3:40:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/10/17 | Justin Baragona
    According to a report by NBC News, US intelligence has gathered information indicating that the Russian government is considering handing over Edward Snowden, the notorious NSA leaker and American fugitive, as a way of getting into the good graces of President Donald Trump.Per sources, this is one of a number of tactics Russia is looking into when it comes to offering up gifts to Trump, specifically since Trump has spoken critically of Snowden in the past. U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a “gift” to President Donald Trump — who has called...
  • Assad splits with Trump over refugee safe zones in Syria

    BEIRUT — President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday. He signaled he would welcome cooperation with Washington in the fight against Islamic State, however, as long as the United States took a “clear political position” on Syria’s sovereignty and unity. Assad has cautiously welcomed the new U.S. administration’s focus on fighting the jihadists, in which Trump has held out the possibility of cooperation with Damascus ally Russia.
  • Putin to Trump: Lift Sanctions Or Ukraine Gets It

    02/10/2017 5:26:04 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 50 replies
    On January 29, the fighting in Avdiivka, a town in eastern Ukraine within Ukrainian government-controlled territory, seriously escalated. The fighting began close to the demarcation line and six kilometers north of Donetsk (see map), and continued until at least February 3. According to official reports, 13 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 93 were wounded since the fighting intensified. Three civilians were killed and one wounded, and a British journalist was wounded and later operated on in the Dnipro hospital. Heavy shelling from the separatist-controlled territories also affected nearby residential areas. The town was cut off from electricity, heat and water...
  • Russia, Iran Supporting Taliban to ‘Undermine’ U.S. Mission in Afghanistan

    02/10/2017 4:31:14 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9 Feb 17 | Natalie Johnson
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that Russia and Iran are supporting the Taliban in part to undermine the U.S. and NATO mission to attain peace and stability in the nation. Army Gen. John Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iran is providing the Taliban in western Afghanistan with military and logistical support. Tehran also is recruiting Shiite fighters in Afghanistan to fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, raising concerns that these militants will return and destabilize the nation, Nicholson testified. Nicholson said Russia's involvement in Afghanistan has become "more difficult" over the...
  • Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty

    02/09/2017 4:45:13 PM PST · by ETL · 53 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo News ^ | February 9, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was, these sources said.Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration, saying that New START...
  • Senators move to limit Trump on Russia sanctions

    02/08/2017 12:30:09 PM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | 2/8/17 | Jordain Carney
    A bipartisan group of senators is moving to check President Trump on Russia by bolstering congressional oversight before he can lift sanctions. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced legislation Wednesday setting up a period of congressional oversight before Trump could roll back financial penalties. The legislation, known as the Russia Sanctions Review Act, would require Trump to notify Congress before he lifts sanctions tied to the invasion of Ukraine or Russia's meddling in the White House race. “To provide relief at this time would send...